What Came First?

Aim: What Came First, part of the Google Arts & Culture Games collection, offers a fun way to challenge yourself to learn cultural and historical anecdotes while playing.

Which is older? The white-domed Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur in Paris’ Montmartre district or the painting “The Yellow House” by Vincent van Gogh? Comparing seemingly unrelated facts can help us put things in perspective and think differently, which was the inspiration behind the game.

The dataset used in the experiment comes from the knowledge graph with a subset of more than 400 popular items. The dataset is split in 6 categories: visual arts, music, films, architecture, inventions, celebrities.

Duration: 70 – 90 min.

Number of participants: 5 – 20


  • to learn cultural and historical anecdotes while playing

Materials: Computer and stable internet connection

Description: This virtual activity is implemented on Google Arts & Culture via any online communication platform (recommended: ZOOM). To prepare, the facilitator should open the following link: https://artsandculture.google.com/experiment/what-came-first/ZQGBUPErEE3bVg and share their screen with the participants. The facilitator should lead the activity and the discussion between the participants.

Expected outcomes:

  • gained knowledge about cultural and historical anecdotes
  • improved mood in participants